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Regional host picks should boost Pirates' hopes
NCAA's designation of hosts for its regional playoffs is a reasonable
indicator of which teams it considers the elites of college baseball, East
Carolina has reason to be at least a bit optimistic about how this year's
selections reflect on its own merits as a potential invitee to the 64-team
During the regular season, the Pirates
played three of the 16 teams awarded hosting privileges for next weekend's
regionals. The indirect result could conceivably be just enough boost in
ECU's strength of schedule index to bring the Pirates their 7th postseason
bid in a row, despite a 35-24 record.
Arizona State and Tulane, all of which appeared on ECU's 2005 schedule, were
selected as regional hosts. The Pirates had mixed results against the trio,
walloping the Tigers, losing to ASU and being swept in four meetings by the
The setbacks against Tulane may not be
as detrimental to ECU's odds of landing a tournament berth as it would
appear on the surface, because the Wave is
No. 1 in the nation in one of
the major polls and
No. 2 in the other.
The Pirates will gather together this
morning at 11:30 a.m. in their lounge at Clark-LeClair Stadium to watch
ESPN, the network on which the NCAA tournament selections will be announced.
national champion Cal State Fullerton headed the list of 16 regional hosts
announced Sunday by the NCAA Division I baseball committee.
(41-14), led by star right-hander Ricky Romero and outfielder Sergio Pedroza,
are trying to become just the fifth program to repeat as College World
Southeastern Conference — with Florida, Louisiana State, Mississippi and
Tennessee — and Atlantic Coast Conference — with Clemson, Florida State,
Georgia Tech and Miami — led the field with four regional hosts each.
The Big 12
had three representatives selected: Baylor, Nebraska and Texas.
were very, very, very few slam dunks this year to host,'' committee chairman
Charlie Carr said. ``You could split hairs between maybe 25 of them. This
was maybe the toughest decisions we've had to make since I've been
Carr, a senior associate athletic
director at Florida State, once served a stint as an administrator in the
ECU athletic department.
State, a Pac-10 member, is joined as a host by the champion of its league,
Oregon State (41-9), which will be the home team for a regional for the
first time since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1975.
great news for everyone involved with Oregon State baseball,'' Beavers coach
Pat Casey said. ``For our team, our staff, and especially our fans because
they're going to be able to watch us play in the postseason. They've given
us a tremendous home-field advantage this season.''
State, Mississippi and Tulane will be hosting regionals for the second time.
The other host is Arizona State.
the criteria is geographical distribution, but it's one of many factors that
go into it,'' said Carr, also the senior associate athletic director at
Florida State. ``The most overriding factor is trying to reward success.''
the 16 host schools are guaranteed berths in the 64-team tournament, which
starts Friday. The rest of the field, including the top eight national
seeds, will be announced by the committee Monday.
the four-team, double-elimination regionals will be played on campus sites
from June 3-6. The winners of each regional will advance to the super
regionals, played June 10-13.
winners of the super regionals will play in the College World Series, which
starts June 17 in Omaha, Neb.
the committee received over 40 bids from schools to host in the postseason.
``It was a
similar number to what we've had in the past,'' Carr said. ``It's a great
representation of our college baseball membership.''
State will be hosting for the 24th time, while Miami and Texas are hosts for
the 21st time since the regional format started.
Hurricanes (38-17) were selected to host despite entering the tournament on
a six-game losing streak, their longest since 1966.
everyone was confident that we would host a regional,'' coach Jim Morris
Fullerton, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Mississippi and Texas
each hosted regionals last year. Long Beach State didn't, but hosted a super
committee received a bid from Big East regular-season champion St. John's,
representing the Northeast — an area that rarely bids for or plays host to
regionals. But the Red Storm lost their two games in the conference
tournament and don't have the attendance numbers many of the other schools
awarded regionals do.
bid was certainly within the guidelines of our parameters and we certainly
gave them consideration,'' Carr said. ``There were so many bids that were so
Conference USA member Rice (40-17), which served as a host school the last
four years, and the College of Charleston (47-13) were also among schools
College of Charleston's bid was denied in large part because of reported
poor field conditions at Joe Riley Ballpark, the site of the Southern
Conference tournament, which the school chose to use as the host stadium
rather than its on-campus ballpark.
was a factor in the field conditions,'' Carr said. ``And we felt it would be
better to look otherwise.''
Fullerton is trying to join Texas (1949-50), Southern California (1970-74),
Stanford (1987-88) and Louisiana State (1996-97) as repeat national
ECU Athletics and Associated Press
Washed-out title game produces co-champions
Tulane and Texas Christian
were declared co-champions of the 2005 Conference USA Baseball
Tournament when severe thunderstorms prompted officials to cancel
Sunday's scheduled title game in Hattiesburg, MS.
the regular season champion and the tourney's No. 1 seed, was awarded the
league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and also received word Sunday
that it would serve as one of 16 regional hosts for the 64-team playoffs.
The storms, accompanied by hail and
lightning, made the field conditions at host Southern Mississippi's Pete
Taylor park unplayable, the tournament officials, coaches and umpires
the first time in C-USA history that a
championship game in any sport could not be completed because of
Tulane slugger Nathan Southard
was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He became just the second
player in the history of the tournament to hit three home runs in a game
during Saturday’s 10-1 win over Houston. He batted .538 (7-for-13) in the
tournament with six RBI's and six runs scored.
The Green Wave and Horned
Frogs each placed four members on the All-Tournament team, while Southern
Miss had two selections and East Carolina, Houston and South Florida each
placed one player on the squad.
CONFERENCE USA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
C Brian Baisley, USF
IF Brad Emaus, Tulane
IF Chad Huffman, TCU
IF Dustin Kingsbury, Houston
IF Trey Sutton, Southern Miss
OF Keith Conlon, TCU
OF Jason Lowery, Southern Miss
OF Nathan Southard, Tulane
DH Mike Grace, East Carolina
P Brian Bogusevic, Tulane
P Lance Broadway, TCU
P Sam Demel, TCU
P Micah Owings, Tulane
Compiled from a
Conference USA report.
C-USA Tournament brackets, scores &
Final results (through
2005 C-USA Baseball
Presented by POWERade
Pete Taylor Park, Hattiesburg
(Seeds in parentheses; All times
East Carolina 6, (5) Houston 5
2. (1) Tulane 8, (8) UAB 6
3. (2) Texas Christian 4, (7) Louisville 2
4. (3) Southern Miss 5, (6) South Florida 3
7, UAB# 5
6. South Florida 11, Louisville# 1 [7 innings*]
Tulane 16, East Carolina 3 [7
8. Texas Christian 8, Southern Miss 0
#Note: UAB, Louisville eliminated.
*Note: Ended because of 10-run margin "mercy rule."
Houston 6, East Carolina# 4
10. Southern Miss 9, South Florida# 3
#Note: East Carolina, South Florida eliminated.
11. Tulane 10,
12. Texas Christian 13, Southern Miss 7
Game 11 teams play again, if necessary 5:00 pm
Game 12 teams play again, if necessary 8:30 pm
Tulane vs. Texas Christian
@The championship game
bad weather and Tulane and Texas Christian were
Tulane, the conference's
regular season champion, was awarded the league's
automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of
its higher seed.
Friday-Sunday, June 3-5
NCAA Regionals (Sites TBD)
Friday-Sunday, June 10-12
NCAA Super Regionals (Sites TBD)
Friday, June 17-Monday, June 27
College World Series (Omaha)
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Conference USA and other reports.
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